The road to Spiritual Darkness

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    GRAB YOUR BIBLES Romans 1:16-22
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    Today my message is going to be about....... “Spiritual darkness”:
    (And those that are overcome by it!)
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    LETS READ THE TEXT Romans 1:16-22
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    This passage makes it clear....that no one has an excuse to be in Darkness!
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    V.16A “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ:”
    -THE GREATEST MESSAGE........THAT THE WORLD HAS EVER KNOWN-
    (That is attacked more than any other:)
    Because Satan wants us to shut up:
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    So don’t be ashamed of it!
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    V.16B “for it is the power of God unto salvation”
    -THE REASON......SATAN HATES IT......SO MUCH-
    (Because it’s the only thing:)
    That can free people...from their bondage to sin:
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    Church membership can’t do that!
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    V.16C “to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
    -THE BEATING HEART.....OF THE GOSPEL MESSAGE-
    (The makes the Gospel unique to Christianity:)
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    (1) The only requirement......is to believe:
    (2) And this offer.......is available to everyone!
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    V.17A “For therein is the righteousness of God revealed”
    -THE GOSPEL....REVEALS THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD-
    (When it is preached and believed upon:)
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    -THE THREE WAYS..... “GOD’S RIGHTEOUSNESS” IS REVEALED-
    (1) God righteousness......in His judgement:
    (2) God’s righteousness......in Jesus Christ:
    (3) God’s righteousness......in the saved!
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    V.17B “from faith to faith:”
    -THE BEATING HEART....OF THE CHRISTIAN LIFE-
    (“Faith”:)
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    Not the noun...but the verb:
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    -THE NOUN OF FAITH, IS..... “THE FAITH”-
    That fact established in Eph.2:8,9 “For by..”
    True salvation can only be attained by Faith!
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    -BUT.....THE VERB IS..... “LIVING BY FAITH”-
    The beating heart....of the Christian life:
    Is to live each day.... “by faith”!
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    V.17C “as it is written, The just shall live by faith.”
    -THE ONLY CHOICE........GOD GIVES HUMANITY-
    (To gain eternal life......by faith:)
    Or to die....and go to Hell:
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    The only way to make to heaven:
    Is to trust Christ as your personal savior!
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    -THE OTHER SIDE......OF A LIFE OF FAITH-
    The power that’s released:
    When we live each day.....”by faith”!
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    When we live each day....trusting the Lord:)
    It does wonderful things in us:
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    & it makes us...the kind of people we should be!
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    V.18A “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven”
    -THE REASON THE WORLD.....NEEDS THE GOSPEL MESSAGE-
    (Because God hates sin:)
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    And the Gospel....is the ONLY cure for sin!
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    V.18B “against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men,”
    -THE OTHER SIDE.......OF GOD’S RIGHTEOUSNESS-
    (He “must”......punish sinners:)
    Who refuse to repent and trust Christ:
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    If God didn’t do this...He wouldn’t be righteous!
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    V.18C “who hold the truth in unrighteousness;”
    -THE PERFECT RIGHTEOUSNESS.....OF GOD’S JUDGEMENT-
    (Because he doesn’t punish.....all sinners:)
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    Only those sinners...who know they are sinners:
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    Those who have reached the age of accountability:
    And then....go on to reject the Lord!
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    V.19 “Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them;”
    “for God hath shewed [it] unto them.”
    -THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD.....WITHIN EVERY ADULT HUMAN BEING-
    (God makes Himself “manifest” in them:)
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    God personally shows Himself to everyone:
    So that He is righteous...in His judgement of them:
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    So that they won’t have any excuses!
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    V.20A “For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen,”
    “being understood by the things that are made,”
    “[even] his eternal power and Godhead;”
    -THE WAY GOD ASSURES US....THAT EVERYONE KNOWS ABOUT HIM-
    (By the undeniable message...of natural revelation:)
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    Natural revelation....gives people all they need:
    To push them on.....to learn about Jesus Christ:
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    If......they choose to look for Him!
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    V.20B “so that they are without excuse:”
    -THIS IS A NECESSARY PART....OF GOD’S RIGHTEOUSNESS-
    (Only judging people....who rejected Him:)
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    Therefore.....noone will ever go to hell:
    Who didn’t understand who God was:
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    Like children....or the mentally ill!
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    V.21A “Because that, when they knew God, they glorified [him] not as God,”
    -THE NEED FOR MAN TO RESPOND.....TO THEIR KNOWLEDGE OF GOD-
    (To glorify Him....as the creator:)
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    -CHOOSE YOU THIS DAY..... WHOM YOU WILL SERVE-
    No human being will be allowed:
    To just....stand on the sidelines of life:
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    (1) You either trust Jesus as your Savior:
    (2) Or your are “God’s enemy”!
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    V.21B “neither were thankful;”
    -A KEY RESPONSE.....GOD LOOKS FOR FROM MANKIND-
    (Regardless of who you are:)
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    He wants us to be thankful to Him:
    For the wonderful life He has given us:
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    This is pleasing....to the LORD!
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    V.21C “but became vain in their imaginations,”
    -THE FIRST STEP....OF GOD’S JUDGEMENT UPON SINNERS-
    (Removing Himself from their minds..more & more:)
    As they repeatedly reject His authority over them:
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    Note: As a sinner repeatedly rejects the truth:
    God continues to release them....to themselves!
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    V.21D “and their foolish heart was darkened.”
    -THE CONDITION OF A HEART.....THAT REPEATEDLY REJECTS GOD’S LIGHT-
    (It’s in darkness)
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    The LORD will give every individual:
    Exactly what they want!
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    He doesn’t force Himself on anybody!
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    V.22 “Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,”
    -THE FIRST STEP......OF THEIR SELF DESTRUCTION-
    (“Professing themselves to be wise”:)
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    This “shuts them off”...from God’s light!
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